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Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina and Alain met on a balcony at a mutual friends party. When the crowd dissipated and they were the only two people left outside, Alain took the opportunity to kiss Kristina, and their love story began! One of their first getaways as a couple was to Burlington, Vermont - just a short drive from their hometown of Montreal. They immediately fell in love with the scenery, food, and amazing people in Burlington. When Kristina received an email from Hotel Vermont advertising their elopement package, she knew it was the perfect option for her and Alain.

Hotel Vermont took care of all the details for the elopement, so all Kristina and Alain had to do was hire a photographer. They chose a dark red and deep purple color palette- perfect for their Valentine’s Day wedding. Despite the chilly temperatures they opted for an outdoor ceremony, fireside, and took the opportunity to take photos on Church Street with all of the twinkling lights. They even braved the wind for photos on the lake at sunset. It might have been the coldest weekend of the year, but seeing the sunset on the lake ended up being one of their favorite moments of the day.

Krstina and Alain’s advice for other couples planning their big day: “Make sure you hire reputable vendors and do all of your planning ahead of time so you can relax and take in the day because even though we eloped it went so fast.  Remember nothing is ever ‘perfect’ and it’s the things that don’t go as planned that make it the most memorable.”

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristina & Alain Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Winter Elopement on Valentine's Day | Hotel Vermont Burlington | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | VENUE & ACCOMMODATIONS: HOTEL VERMONTPHOTOGRAPHER: COLETTE KULIG PHOTOGRAPHYCATERER: PIZZA VERITASFLORIST: CLAYTON FLORALCAKE: MIRABELLES CAFEWEDDING GOWN: DAVID’S BRIDALFORMAL WEAR: KENNETH COLEMAKEUP: SEPHORA WEDDING | OFFICIANT: CAMERON KEITEL FROM THE HOTEL VERMONT | JEWELRY: SWAROVSKI

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you want to talk about destination weddings, this one is unique and extreme. The photos of Maja and Patrick’s intimate ceremony in Iceland are jaw droopingly gorgeous and the warmth of their love and happiness seem to melt the chilly landscape around them. Despite battling some less than ideal weather, Maja and Patrick were able to realize the magical elopement they envisioned. Iceland was breathtaking, with every road bringing new, spectacular views. The couple, and their photographer, drove 800km in two days in search of new vistas, awe-struck by the raw landscape. Maja and Patrick fell in love with Iceland because of it’s romantic, melancholy scenery and it’s neutrality. Since their families are spread all over the world it was impossible to include everyone, so they decided a private wedding followed by receptions in different locations seemed the fairest way to go about it. It also helped that they could start their honeymoon right away!

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Maja & Patrick Real Wedding Inspiration from Iceland | Destination Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionals | PHOTOGRAPHY: M & J Studios Photography | GOWN: Rami Kadi

Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

There is something wildly beautiful about Lake Champlain in the winter, with the deep blue, icy water and wild terrain dotted with patches of snow. It is a raw, weather striken landscape that still glitters in the sunlight. The contrast of this backdrop with the warmth and intimacy of Kaitlin and Eric's Leap Day elopement is what we love about these images, from 822 Weddings. Kaitlin and Eric's love to each other shines through the chill, while Kaitlin's intricately beaded gown and luxurious coat brought an elegant touch to the intimate affair. Here is what Kaitlin shared with us about how this elopement came about;

Every time I think about the day we eloped, I am smitten. Eric and I achieved everything we were looking for and more with Hitched. Our day was simple but special, and ultimately a day we were able to celebrate our love for each other. The ceremony was intimate, romantic, and spontaneous. The feelings and raw emotion shared with Eric that day were so powerful and special, something I am so happy to have shared lovingly just between us. 
 
Since moving to Burlington three years ago, we have developed a deep love for our new home, a place we hope to permanently call home. It is deeply special we were able to share those feelings on the beach of our new home town. Eric, I and our relationship have blossomed here and we couldn't have thought of a better place to celebrate us, than here in Vermont
From the moment I met Eric, I knew he was the special being I wanted to share my life with. Over ten years later, marriage was not something we felt important to do in our relationship, especially a traditional wedding. My parents recently divorced and Eric helped me work through the feelings I was having surrounding it (how lucky am I to have a psychologist for a partner!). I came to understand on a whole new level how special a commitment of such can mean. We both knew we wanted to continue sharing this life together and elopement seemed like the perfect way to celebrate that bond and love we share. For us, leap day was the perfect day to do it!
 
The Hitched team helped us achieve everything we wanted with our elopement: a simple, beautiful, meaningful ceremony; all while highlighting the love of our home, Vermont. We are so happy to have collaborated with such an outstanding team at Hitched. We look forward to celebrating with our families and friends next leap day 2020 - our first anniversary.
 
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
 
featured professionals WEDDING COORDINATION & PLANNING: Hitched!PHOTOGRAPHY: 822 WeddingsCEREMONY: Oakledge Park | FLORAL DESIGN: Nectar + RootGOWN: BHLDNVINTAGE FUR COAT: Rackk + RuinMAKEUP: Mirror Mirror